Walk this way to sample town’s creative talents
A REMARKABLE 40 town centre retailers have registered for the Shop Window Competition.
Judges Jane Munro of Treacle Market and glass artist and Barnaby volunteer Victoria Scholes have the difficult task of choosing a winner in two categories on Wednesday, June 15.
The People’s Prize will go to the window chosen by the public, so please follow the Windows Walk by downloading a map from barnabyfestival.org. uk and vote online for your favourite by Sunday, June 26, the last day of the festival.
The Window Walk is just one of a selection of town walks at Barnaby, including the Festival Walking Trail.
This new idea replaces the Art Trail and brings together ‘Space’ themed exhibitions by local artists and other homegrown events which go on throughout the festival.
Look out for Hills Up Streets (inspiring words marking memorable views), the Crimplene Heritage Museum (fascinating little known facts in a converted horsebox), the Macclesfield (an astro-turfed ‘village green’ or community stage), Back Wallgate Books (a tiny outdoor library) and a pop-up artists studio in The Grosvenor Shopping Centre.
The eight visual art exhibitions reflect the exciting range of work by Macclesfield artists going on all year round. Helen Wright creates ceramic mobiles for St Michael’s churchyard, David Tolliday shows photographs of outer space at Brewtique and the artists at Twentysevenb Studio on Charlotte Street explore ‘Lost Spaces’. So what better way to explore the town and sample its creative talents over Barnaby than following one of Barnaby’s special walks.
Macclesfield Music Centre is back at this year’s Barnaby with another great opportunity for children to see, hear and try a whole range of instruments in The Planets: A Guide to the Orchestra.
On Saturday morning, percussionist Mark Concur who has played Holst’s dramatic piece with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra brings seven huge kettledrums (or timpanis) to raise the roof at Macclesfield library.
He’s just one of the professional musicians who’ll be all over the building, creating a cacophany and some magical moments at this free event from 10am to 12.45pm on June 18.
With more than 100 events over ten days at Barnaby, it’s easy to miss some great events.
Film buffs, don’t miss the opportunity to see some excellent and unusual footage over the festival.
In its free upstairs cinema The Park Tavern shows a series of films in confined spaces including the extraordinary Wolfpack about six brothers never allowed to leave their New York appartment. Silkscreen Film Society presents Nostalgia for the Light on Friday, June 24, a hauntingly beautiful documentary about the mountain-top astronomers of the Atacama desert, the dryest place on earth. There are some family friendly classic ‘Space’ themed films in a marquee at La Lune’s Observatory on June 18 and 19.
With such a rich mix on offer, we really hope there’s something to tempt, intrigue or excite everyone. Enjoy Macclesfield’s own Barnaby Festival 2016!
●● One of the pictures in the Crimplene Heritage Museum